- Do I need to make an appointment with the Physics Director of Undergraduate Studies to get transfer credit?
- Can you tell me if a particular course is OK?
- My transfer credit request was approved by the DUS, but was declined by Trinity. Why?
- Can I take a course at a community college for transfer credit?
- Is it OK if the materials submitted are for last year's course, or for a semester version of the course I want to take in the summer?
- I'm an engineering student. Can I get credit for 151L/152L instead of 141L/142L?
- What do I do if I can't find materials online?
- What if the course is not calculus-based?
- How can I tell if a course is calculus-based?
- What if the course does not have a lab?
- Is it OK if the lab is a separate course?
- Can I take a lecture course at another institution but the lab at Duke? (or vice-versa)
- Does an online course count?
- Can I get credit for a quarter-length course?
- What course codes will show up for a transfer-credit course?
- Do I need to take a calculus-based course?
- What physics courses are OK for pre-health?
- Can I take equivalent of PHYSICS 142L before PHYSICS 141L?
- What physics courses are available in <some region> or at <some institution>?
- Can you tell me if <some course> at <some institution> is pre-approved for transfer credit?
- What if I want to take a physics course in another country?
- Can I use financial aid for courses taken as transfer credit?
- If the course is at a local NC university (UNC, NCSU, NCCU) is it treated differently?
Do I need to make an appointment with the Physics Director of Undergraduate Studies to get transfer credit?
No, unless there are very unusual circumstances. Detailed instructions for what you need to do are here.
If you want the Physics DUS to evaluate a course, please follow the instructions here. Web links are not sufficient; you'll need to print all relevant materials. Most semester-equivalent-length calculus-based courses with labs at accredited four-year institutions will be accepted for transfer credit. Courses must have a total of 34 lecture hours, and 70 hours of contact time distributed between lecture, discussion and laboratory. The hour requirement is evaluated by Trinity College, not the DUS. Note that DUS approval is based on content, and is provisional.
It may not have satisfied a Trinity requirement based on hours or weeks of course time: please consult this web page. Physics courses must have a total of 34 lecture hours, and 70 hours of contact time distributed between lecture, discussion and laboratory. The hour/week requirement is evaluated by Trinity College, not the Physics DUS. Note that DUS approval is provisional, and is based on content only.
No. In most cases, for Duke transfer credit, you will need to take a course at an accredited four-year institution.
Is it OK if the materials submitted are for last year's course, or for a semester version of the course I want to take in the summer?
This is usually OK if the materials are not more than a year old and it is clear that they refer to the same course.
Yes, in general. Please indicate on the transfer credit form that you want credit for 151L/152L.
You might contact the instructor to see if she or he can provide them.
It can get credit as PHYSICS 100L if it has a lab or PHYSICS 100 if it does not.
It will usually say this explicitly in the course description. The textbook must be calculus-based (it will say this in the textbook description). A calculus pre-req by itself is not enough.
A course without a lab can get credit as PHYSICS 100.
Yes, this is usually OK. You will need to take both lecture and lab courses to get credit for the Duke intro physics course.
While lab and lecture courses may be decoupled at other institutions, they are integrated into the same course at Duke for either the 141L/142L or 151L/152L sequences. It is not possible to take only the labs associated with these sequences by themselves at Duke.
The lectures and labs for the Physics major sequence, 161+161L and 162+162L are decoupled; more info here. It would in principle be possible to take a lecture course at another institution for Physics 100 credit, plus 161L or 162L. This would not normally be recommended except in unusual cases (and especially not for non-physics majors), so students considering it should consult the Physics DUS and their major or pre-health advisor.
No, you can only get transfer credit for in-person courses. This is a policy for both Trinity and Pratt (Summer 2020: The physics department is willing to review the content of courses that will be offered remotely in Summer 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether or not these transitioned-to-online courses will result in credit on your transcript will be decided by the university, not the physics department. Please consult your academic dean for any updates to university policy.)
Usually, no. A quarter-length course does not get credit for a semester-length course. However, often three quarters can get credit for two semesters of introductory physics.
If a course is approved for transfer credit, it will have the same course codes as the equivalent Duke course. If it is approved for generic Physics credit (e.g., PHYSICS 100L), the assigned course codes will usually be NS and QS, but it will depend on the specific course. Most algebra-based university-level introductory physics courses with labs will be assigned Physics 100L with NS, QS course codes.
Some majors require calculus-based physics courses, but some do not. Please consult your major advisor, or your pre-health advisor.
It's best to consult your pre-health advisor about this.
Equivalent of PHYSICS 141L should be taken first.
You will need to use web or other resources to find courses you are interested in.
We do not have a list of pre-approved courses for regular transfer credit; you must provide up-to-date materials for each course to be approved.
Transfer credit requests for courses at institutions outside the US should go through the Global Education Office. For "Duke-In" and "Duke-Approved" programs, students should follow the process outlined here. Students considering a program not on the Duke-approved list should submit a "Petition" for the course to the DUS: information on what to do is here. The same materials (in English) as requested for domestic course approvals (i.e., syllabus, textbook info, detailed list of topics, list of labs, hours) should be submitted in hard-copy form to the Physics DUSA. Please consult the GEO for more information on these processes. Physics and biophysics majors considering Study Abroad should consult the Physics DUS for in-depth consultation on satisfying major requirements.
For financial aid questions, please consult your financial support counselor.
Courses at some NC universities that are not available at Duke may be taken via interinstitutional registration — please see the link for more information. For other courses, the usual transfer credit process applies.